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Most children daydream. Most children have imaginary friends they play out creative scenarios with. Their fantasy world is a simple, joyful distraction from their outer lives. Eventually their outer lives take root, and they grow out of it. Their playful fantasies become unnecessary as they develop more fulfilling relationships. Their fantasy dream world fades into the past as nothing but a wonderful childhood memory. Usually they forget it ever existed.
For some of us............it doesn't, and the consequences can be drastic.
For the past 30 years I've been living in an alternate reality that has completely taken over my life. Instead of fading into the past, it became my reality. The outside world faded & faded, and I've been fighting to reclaim it. Long past the point of being a joyful fantasy, it's become an addiction that I have unlimited access to. I have no self control. I can only distract myself out of it. I'm like an alcoholic with an unlimited supply of booze everywhere I go. When I do it too much I feel sick & dazed, yet I can't stop. I've stepped out into traffic & almost gotten myself killed more times than I can count. I've gotten better & am struggling to find footing in the outside world. In the meantime, I want to reach out.
This condition has a name. It's called Maladaptive Daydreaming, also known as Compulsive Fantasizing. I spent years feeling alone and scared, like I was the only one on the planet that could possibly be going through this. I felt like a freak. I was completely ashamed and scared to death anyone would find out. It's time to end that. We're not freaks. Our brains work differently. Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers) lead unique and enriching lives. We have wondrous gifts and gut-wrenching struggles. For the good and the bad, this condition takes a lot of strength and energy to live with. I refuse to be ashamed, and I don't want anyone else to be either.
I know there are others out there who are experiencing a similar kind of condition. Hopefully they're not experiencing it to the extreme that I have. Either way, let's talk. Perhaps we can find some answers together.
This forum isn't just for Maladaptive Daydreamers (Compulsive Fantasizers). Many disorders do overlap. Feel free to discuss any that you like. Let's keep the dialog going.
One day, I hope we can all stand proud and learn to live the best of both worlds. Once we do, I'm sure we'll feel better off for having had this condition.
Hi, I'm a newbie here, obviously. I'm here because I found an on-line article about maladaptive daydreaming while searching for something else, and it was a perfect description of me.I joined this forum because it appears that this is a closed forum…Continue
I hate my real life. I sometimes think that somehow god got it wrong and I was suppose to be born in a different family, different country and maybe even a different time. My dream life is there for me when I need to forget that my real life exists.…Continue
Do your friends or family know about your daydreaming? What are their feelings/reactions to it? This is the only place where I can talk about my daydreaming. I've never told anyone and I'd be mortified if my family found out.Continue
Has anyone felt as though they have a personality that they act out in real life but that their true personality is the one they act out in their daydreams? I have thought this for a long time. It first occurred to me in 5th grade that…Continue
OK, so it's getting a little late here as I am typing this. Too late to get out and go anywhere to get a change of scenery. I am stuck in a daydream that is really starting to take over all of my waking hours. It's getting to be a problem. I am…Continue
I've had a fairly involved DD story that began nearly 2 years ago. I tend to only focus on it at night when things are quiet. This story has brought me a lot of enjoyment and my character (seen through my eyes) is one of my personal favorites. I've…Continue
I found this from an article a friend who is into psychology posted it on Facebook, and I then realised I was not alone. I have been daydreaming since I was small. There was one point as a teenager where I didn't do anything else, but now I am…Continue
What kind of emotion do you feel while daydreaming? I know many people (me also) can feel the emotions of the caracter they are creating. But when you are daydreaming, you know this is not real, so you feel this emotions not as strong as real ones,…Continue
Now that we've had some time to think about this & discuss it, let's start creating a plan to help. Let's try and make a list that we can refer to & refer others to. Here's my question:What helps? Not just what helps you stop…Continue
Hey guys, I'm new to this place and only just realized this existed over a week ago. I'll keep this short and sweet although its probably nothing you haven't heard before. I've been what I found out is MD for nearly 16 years and from what I can…Continue
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This is an article I wrote for my writing class about MD.
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